When you’re competing in the segment dominated by legends like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, you need something to stand out, if you want to be relevant. In the case of the current-generation Altima, that would be things like fuel economy, a comfortable ride and a spacious cabin. Is this enough to beat the two class leaders? It’s hard to tell. In any case, we expect to see the 2022 Nissan Altima in the second half of the year, and some sources even suggest interesting updates.
The current generation of this mid-size sedan has been around since 2018, so it’s no wonder that we can hear rumors about the mid-cycle refresh. Allegedly, the next year would bring a facelift but the intriguing thing is that the officials are still quiet. That may also mean that the next year’s model could actually be no more than a typical carryover. We expect things to become clearer soon.
2022 Nissan Altima Redesign
Even if the 2022 Nissan Altima receives a facelift or not, we have no doubt that the overall layout will remain the same. The current generation has been around since 2018 and it is based on a good-old D Platform. With more than 111 inches in wheelbase, it features a quite typical size for the segment, while another typical thing for this class is the standard FWD layout. Of course, AWD is also available.
When it comes to the styling, the current model already looks really good. It still follows the brand’s latest design language, so it’s hard to say what could be the highlights of the possible facelift. We presume that could be some slight revisions in terms of the front fascia, bumpers, grille etc. Of course, we would also see a couple of typical mid-cycle updates, such as new color options, new wheels designs etc.
Whether the refresh happens or not, we don’t expect to see bigger changes on the inside. Simply, the current cabin still looks pretty nice and there is no bigger need for modifications. Yes, there are some hard plastic surfaces here and there, but most of the cabin is covered with soft-touch materials and looks really nice. The build quality is at a high level as well.
When it comes to interior space, both rows offer plenty of passenger space and accommodate adults with ease. The front seats are particularly amazing. They are massive and supportive, probably the best in the class. Furthermore, we like the driving position very much, both in terms of ergonomics and visibility.
You may count on about 15.4 cubic feet in the trunk area, which is about average for the class. Also, the rear seats fold down, so you load some longer objects as well.
A couple of new things on the list of standard features are always possible. Still, we don’t believe that the 2022 Nissan Altima could come with significant changes in this aspect. The core of the list should remain the same, so we presume that base models will come standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, voice recognition, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start etc. Among options, you can currently find things like dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and navigation.
In terms of safety, the current model comes standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning. You can get upgrades like reverse automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree parking camera system, rear parking sensors, LED headlights, fog lights, and ProPilot Assist.
2022 Nissan Altima Engines
We expect to see the 2022 Nissan Altima with two familiar engine options in the offer. Base versions should carry on with a 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out 188 horsepower. That’s not a huge amount of power but seems okay for daily commuting. If you need something peppier, there is an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower and delivers notably better acceleration.
Both engines come in pair with a CVT gearbox. What we like about both powertrain options is a pretty good fuel economy. With the base engine, it goes around 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four is slightly thirstier but also offers great numbers for the class. That would be around 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
2022 Nissan Altima Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Nissan Altima this fall. Bigger price changes shouldn’t happen, so base models will probably go around 25.000 dollars.